[Summary: Fill in your particulars @ https://forms.gle/LLshXeyPTkYaC5PB8 and pick a slot for the (online) interview @ https://doodle.com/poll/4s9tx8b49mxcfem8 if you want to interview for 2021 Orbital staff (advisers / senior advisers / tutors / developers) next week.]
I hope that you have been enjoying your vacation so far.
We are currently recruiting advisers, senior advisers, tutors and developers for the Orbital programme this year.
(For those of you who have not heard of or participated in Orbital, it is the School of Computing’s 1st year summer self-directed, independent work course. This programme gives students the opportunity to pick up software development skills on their own, using sources on the web. For more information, please refer to the official website for Orbital: https://orbital.comp.nus.edu.sg/.)
The job scopes of the three positions are as follows:
– Advisers act as peer assessors and cheerleaders for teams taking Orbital. This means that you are to evaluate the progress of a few Orbital teams every month and guide those teams through the project. You don’t need to be tech-savvy — as long as you are willing to give feedback to the teams and help them along, you will have a good time with them.
Busy period: May to Aug (especially close to the monthly milestone evaluations)
– Senior advisers: If you are experienced and willing to take care of more teams, you could apply for the senior adviser instead and get paid at the part-time TA rate (which is roughly 3 times higher than the student helper rate).
– Tutors act as the instructor for Liftoff and Mission Control workshops. This means you are in charge of teaching technical topics (e.g., introductory mobile app / web app development) to the students. If you wanted to level up on public speaking and technical tutorials, this is your opportunity. You don’t have to be an expert to teach — anyone can do it if they’re committed, and you can always answer the tough questions offline.
Busy period: May to Jun (especially during the Liftoff and Mission Control workshops)
– Developers are in charge of developing and maintaining Skylab (i.e., the official portal for Orbital). This will be a good chance for you to get firsthand experience on improving a web application for the benefit of all future Orbital students. Experience in ruby on rails and nginx is preferred but not required. You can always pick up the necessary skills as you work on the system.
Busy period: Late Feb to early Jun (especially before the major events / milestones)
If you want to apply for any of these positions, please fill in your particulars @ https://forms.gle/LLshXeyPTkYaC5PB8 and pick a slot for your online interview @ https://doodle.com/poll/4s9tx8b49mxcfem8.
Note that the slots are 2 hours long to simplify the sign up process. You will be notified about the exact 20-minute slot (within the 2-hour slot) for the interview and the Zoom meeting link one day before the interview.
If you are interested but unable to make it for the slots given in the Doodle form, please contact me by email (zhaojin@comp.nus.edu.sg) to arrange for an interview separately.
Look forward to hearing from you!

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